Ireland’s U-18s produced a superb weekend’s work in Lisnagarvey as they notched three wins in succession against Scotland in three days.
They got off to flyer on Friday night with Shane O’Donoghue bagging a double while Tom Samuel, William Edgar and Andy Williamson completed a 5-1 rout.
Sykes bagged a double in the second game on Saturday with Cork C of I man Nick Burns on target along with Owen Magee – younger brother of senior star Eugene – notched another in a 4-0 victory.
Sunday’s was the closest tie but again O’Donoghue and Magee were on the mark to help record a 2-1 win.
The side are back in action on Tuesday night in Belfield when they take on Belgium in a three-game series. Ben Dobson (Cork C of I), Rob Fitzgerald (YMCA), Shane Madeley (TRR), Neil Gilmore (Banbridge), Matt Murphy (Lisnagarvey) and Railway’s Fiachra Maher and Mark Ingram come into the panel along with two others to be confirmed come into the panel for that series.
Ireland squad vs Scotland: Matthew Bell (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), Robert Burke (Corinthian/Wesley College), Nick Burns (Cork C.of I/Midleton College), Luke Chadwick (YMCA/Wesley), Colin Cleland (Lisnagarvey/Friends), William Edgar (Annadale), Ciaran Kelly (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), Niall Kelly (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), Matthew Lecky (Raphoe/Royal and Prior), Owen Magee (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), David McCrea (Three Rock Rovers/Wesley College), Hugh McShane (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), Andrew Mooney (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne/High School), Mark Ryan (Fingal/Mt. Temple), Tom Samuel (Three Rock Rovers/Wesley College), Ian Sloan (Cookstown/Cookstown High School), Robin Smyrl (Banbridge/Banbridge Academy), Richard Sykes (Monkstown/St. Andrews),Andrew Williamson (Annadale/Campbell College)
Upcoming fixtures (all at UCD):
Tuesday, June 29: Ireland vs Belgium, 6.15pm
Wednesday, June 30: Ireland vs Belgium, 6pm
Thursday, July 1: Ireland vs Belgium, 2pm
* For more of Adrian Boehm's photos from Saturday's game between Ireland U-18 and Scotland U-18, click here